For the primary time in eight years, the U.S. males’s nationwide crew is taking part in in a FIFA World Cup, in a vital opening match with Wales.
The Group B match kicked off at 2 p.m. Japanese time.
After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. returns to the event with a contemporary look: Just one participant of the 26 on the roster has ever performed in a World Cup match, and the crew is among the youngest squads in the whole occasion.
The U.S. is popping to its younger stars who’ve honed their abilities taking part in in high-level European leagues – together with Christian Pulisic, the 24-year-old phenom winger with Chelsea, and crew captain Tyler Adams, the 23-year-old midfielder for Leeds United.
Right here we go. 🇺🇸
— U.S. Males’s Nationwide Soccer Crew (@USMNT) November 21, 2022
Monday’s opponent Wales has been out of the World Cup for even longer – this yr is its first look since 1958. However the crew’s efficiency in recent times, underneath the management of captain Gareth Bale, has impressed many. At #19, it’s ranked simply three spots behind the U.S.
Each groups see at present as a crucial match to win of their tough street out of the aggressive Group B. No different group has the next common FIFA rating than Group B at 15, led by England, a favourite to win the whole event.
🇺🇸🏴 | STARTING XI
— Wales 🏴 (@Cymru) November 21, 2022
Immediately’s recreation was already vital for each groups – since 1998, 84% of groups who win their opening match are capable of transfer on from the group stage.
However with England trying dominant in a 6-2 win over Iran, it seems to be a near-lock to depart the group – leaving Wales, the U.S. and Iran all jockeying for the second spot.